CN doctor earns A.T. Still Award of Excellence

BY STAFF REPORTS
05/13/2017 10:00 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Dr. Jeffrey Gastorf
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association recently awarded Cherokee Nation Dr. Jeffrey Gastorf the 2017 A.T. Still Award of Excellence.

It is given to one osteopathic physician statewide in honor of A.T. Still, who was the founder of osteopathy and osteopathic medicine that focuses on total body health and the ability for the body to heal itself.

Gastorf, 41, is a general physician at the Vinita Health Center.

“Dr. Gastorf embodies the teachings of Dr. A.T. Still and seeks out opportunities to share his knowledge with residents and students. His patient-centered approach is the foundation of osteopathic medicine and benefits the lives of his patients,” Kenneth E. Calabrese, president of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, said.

Gastorf completed his medical school training at Oklahoma State University and his residency training at Durant Family Medicine Residency.

He is the former director of the Durant Family Medicine Residency Program, where he served for eight years before joining the tribe’s Vinita Health Center in January.

“I wanted to focus more on patient care, and I appreciate that Cherokee Nation is truly concerned about providing care and having resources to help patients,” Gastorf said. “The most rewarding thing is when patients are appreciative of the care they receive and thank you for your help.”

Gastorf also serves on the Graduate Medical Education committee for the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association and previously served as president of the Oklahoma chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

CN Health Services operates the largest tribally run health system in the country, with more than a million patient visits per year. It consists of eight health centers and W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah.

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